Dinokeng launches local tourism organisation

Tourism operators, tourist guides, conference organisers and product owners from Dinokeng met at the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve this week to launch the Dinokeng Tourism Organisation (DTO).

The DTO is a collection of tourism associations from Cullinan, the Dinokeng Game Reserve and Roodeplaat, among others, intended to help market Dinokeng.

Dinokeng's major tourist hubs are the historic town of Cullinan, the Dinokeng Game Reserve and Roodeplaat.

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Picturesque Cullinan. (Image: Venues4Africa)

The quaint, historic village of Cullinan, about a 50km drive east of Pretoria, was a pioneering mining settlement that had its name put in the history books with the discovery of the world’s biggest diamond, the 3 106-carat Cullinan Diamond, in 1905.

Roodeplaat Dam is 25km north-east of Pretoria. It augments water supply to northern Tshwane via the Montana, Wonderboom and Magaliesberg reservoirs, and provides water directly to residents of Doornpoort.

The dam is a popular destination for birders, cyclists, rowers, boaters and anglers.

Roodeplaat Dam. (Image: Manzi Monaté)

The Dinokeng Game Reserve is the first free-roaming Big Five (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino) residential game reserve in Gauteng province.

The DOT, under the guidance of interim chairperson Chris Pieterse and a small team of volunteer tourism product owners from the region, will promote tourism excellence and be actively involved in visitor destination marketing.

"The new DTO will be an assurance to visitors that members carrying the 'Dinokeng – Africa in one day' branding will have passed appropriate quality criteria," Pieterse said at the launch on 5 September 2017.

"The DTO is an exciting channel to create stronger brand awareness for each of the hubs and the region. [It] supports the growth of the tourism industry across Dinokeng, and is creating a vital platform for an authentic 'Dinokeng – Africa in one day' experience,” he said.

The Dinokeng Game Reserve: wild and beautiful. (Image: Dinokeng )